August 15, 2008

MP Power Plant to Light Up Haryana Homes

By Sukhbir Siwach

CHANDIGARH: The Union power ministry has approved the Reliance Power's project to set up a power plant at Sasan (Madhya Pradesh), which would supply 400 MW of power to Haryana. This project is expected to be completed 13 months earlier than the scheduled period.

"Under this project, Haryana would be supplied electricity at an economical rate of Rs 1.19 per unit for 25 years," said Union power secretary Anil Razdan on Tuesday. Speaking at the inaugural function of twoday power sector conclave of northern region states, Razdan said though the Union power ministry has approved setting up of three mega projects of 4000 MW each under the 12th plan, two units of 660 MW capacity each would start functioning during the 11th plan. He added under the new hydro power policy, those states which would provide land for the projects, would be given 11% electricity free-of-cost , instead of 10%. This additional electricity would be supplied to area affected by the project. Apart from this, the consumers in project-affected area would be supplied 100 units of power per family per month freeof-cost , and two per cent of the generated revenue would be given for their welfare.

Razdan stated the Centre has implemented an accelerated power development and reforms programme, under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, at a cost of Rs 80,000 crore.

Meanwhile, Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir said under this Yojana, 2.20 lakh BPL families were being provided electricity connections free of cost.

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